A group of young people in Gaza have organised an anti-politics manifesto for change, the Guardian reports.
They express deep anger at being let down by parties on all sides, ending with the plea: “We want three things. We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?”
In some cases, formal politics is the best way to solve our problems (if only through necessity). In others though, it isn’t – and I think the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of these cases. It seems to me that on both sides, the people affected by politicians’ decisions aren’t being included in that decision-making, despite the workings of democracy in both Gaza and Israel. Ultimately the politicians have consistently let down the people they pertain to represent by the only standard that really counts: achieving peace.
To quote one of the group members in interview, “Politics is bollocks, it is screwing our lives up…Politicians only care about money and about their supporters.”
If you want to read the manifesto in full, go to the GYBO Facebook Group here: http://on.fb.me/gTqyzH.